♦ Blackguard 11[credit]

Hardware: Console
Influence: 2

+2[memory unit]

Whenever you expose a card, the Corp must rez it by paying its rez cost, if able.

Limit 1 console per player.

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Fear and Loathing (fal)

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Drive By, Muertos Gang Member, Raymond Flint, Silhouette: Stealth Operative, Infiltration, Satellite Uplink, Snitch and Emergency Shutdown all combo with this console remarkably well and can really create economic heartache for an unprepared corp. As Blackguard is currently absent in the meta, it makes the synergy all the more unexpected. But it's expensive to get out, and once it is out, the corp could protect themselves very cheaply with Underway Grid, assuming it becomes more prevalent in the meta.

The only viable ways to install it for cheaper at the moment are Street Peddler (nice synergy with Armand "Geist" Walker: Tech Lord and opens up surprise plays for the runner that the corp won't see coming), The Supplier and Modded, and none makes it cheaper than 8 to install, barring ridiculous Eureka! or Trade-In jank.

(Old Hollywood era)
Doesn't work with Drive By unfortunately. Drive By has to completely resolve before you can use the ability of Blackguard, so the asset is trashed before you can force the rez. —
I really do just want this to work so badly! —
Eureka! is less janky if you combine it with Rolodex, especially out of Sil with her small deck size. It's still pretty slow, though, and if the corp gets their econ up faster than you do it doesn't matter much. —
Phoenix - that's not true; Blackguard WILL force the Corp to rez the Drive-by target before it's trashed. The first part of Drive By occurs (expose), which triggers the conditional ability of Blackguard, and the Cascading Triggers rule says that resolves before the rest of Drive-By happens. —
Personal Workshop shenanegans are a viable way to install it for cheap. Stimhack, for example, will pay for 9 of those credits. —
At first glance an obvious play might be to increase rez cost of cards in order to make Blackguard even more taxing for the corp, but be careful how you do that. Any card that adds an additional cost to the rez (like Cortez Chip) enables the corp to just decline paying the additional cost, even if they could. Flat increases to rez cost (like Rook) should be fine, though. —

GPI Net Tap: Corp must always rez ice.